UWA spokesperson, Bashir Hangi, says that the birth of the Rhino is a clear testimony that the sanctuary has the ability to multiply the rhinos, conserve as well build confidence among tourists.
Kori with newborn Male Calf at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary . Photo by UWA
The Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA has announced the birth of
a new rhino at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district. According to UWA, Kori one of the oldest white
female Rhinos, gave birth to a male calf on Sunday, bringing to 33 the number
of Rhinos at the Sanctuary.
spokesperson, Bashir Hangi, says that the birth of the Rhino is a clear
testimony that the sanctuary has the ability to multiply the rhinos, conserve
as well as build confidence among tourists. Hangi added that it is an opportunity for
tourists to visit the sanctuary and do Rhino trekking since it is now open.
He says that the sanctuary would boast of more Rhinos but two of them
died early this year. The sanctuary suffered a setback in February this year after the
21-year-old female Rhino named Nandi died after a long illness.
She was brought to Ziwa Rhino
Sanctuary together with Hassani (a male rhino) from the Disney
Animal Kingdom, Florida, USA in September 2006. By the time of her death,
Nandi had successfully calved seven times with the latest being on 9
January 2021. She was laid to rest on March 1, 2021, at Ziwa Rhino
Nandi’s last-born Achiru was born at the height
of her mother’s illness. She also died at Uganda Wildlife and Conservation
Education Centre (UWEC) on 17 January 2021 because of the mother’s failure
to feed her. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was established in 2005 by Rhino Fund Uganda
in an effort to re-introduce rhinos in Uganda.
in October 2017, Rhino Fund Uganda, which ran the sanctuary developed a misunderstanding
with Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranches (ZRWR), the owners of the land
hosting the Rhinos. In April this year, UWA closed the sanctuary and took over
the management of the rhinos after the two parties failed to agree on how to
share the proceeds from tourists.
After evicting Rhino Fund Uganda, Uganda
Wildlife Authority and Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranches (ZRWR) signed a Memorandum
of Understanding to manage it together in meantime. UWA
announced that in the midterm and long time, the rhinos would be introduced to
UWA protected areas, saying plans are underway to achieve this after completion
of a feasibility study to identify a suitable location and conditions that need
to be met.